Columbia Hires Consultant to Study Police Morale
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The city of Columbia plans to spend $45,000 on an outside review of its police department amid complaints about low officer morale and concerns over its chief's style.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that City Councilman Jason Thornhill pushed for the private consultant in response to complaints about police Chief Ken Burton's management.
A police union wants Burton fired for firing police officer Rob Sanders in September after an incident that left an inmate in a police holding cell with a broken back. Burton fired Sanders even though an internal investigation cleared the officer of wrongdoing.
The study will be done by Eric Anderson Associates of Washington state. The report will also include an organizational review.